Keys to the City ceremony in New Haven recognizes standout community servants

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Mayor Toni Harp recognized standout community servants in ‘Key to the City’ ceremony at City Hall Monday afternoon.

Mayor Harp recognized 10 people for their extraordinary community service to the City of New Haven. Each recognized citizen was given a ceremonial key to the City of New Haven.

Among the group was New Haven Police Department Captain Anthony Duff who came across a shooting incident while off-duty back in August. During the incident he was shot twice.

“The community that supported me for the past four months through this ordeal…folks locally, from all across the country…I take my hat off and thank all of you. Thank you.”

– NHPD Captain Anthony Duff
Key to the City of New Haven gifted to Captain Anthony Duff.

The other recognized citizens were Bria Holmes, Malcolm Welfare, Clarence Boyd, former WTNH reporter and producer Veronica Douglas, George Mention, James Walker, Roberta Hoskie, Cynthia Beaver, and Dr. Tamiko Jackson McArthur.

News 8’s own Keith Kountz emceed the proceedings.

News 8’s Keith Kountz emcees ‘Key to the City’ event at New Haven City Hall. – Photo: News 8’s Sabina Kuriakose

The mayor presented Keith with a gift at the end of the event, mentioning his 30+ years with News 8 and calling him someone “who helped make our city great.”

Keith thanked the mayor and – jokingly – thanked News 8 for hiring him as a teen.

“I hope to be around for many many more years, thank you.”

– News 8’s Keith Kountz

WEB EXTRA: News 8’s Keith Kountz receives honor and gift from Mayor Toni Harp at Keys to the City event

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